Protesters Make Bid to Occupy Wall Street

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Hundreds of Occupy Wall Sreet protesters streamed into the Financial District on Broadway Thursday morning, with scores of police manning street corners.

New York police line up on Wall Street Thursday.

The protesters, who were moved out of their encampment in Zuccotti Park earlier this week, attempted to make a stand today by marching to the New York Stock Exchange, and then later to select subway stations in all five boroughs. The protesters also planned to march on the Brooklyn Bridge later Thursday.

As of the 9:30 a.m. opening of the NYSE, protesters hadn't made it onto Wall Street, and the market opened on time. A view from a window 15 stories above the intersection of Wall and Broad streets showed police horses and lines of officers in formation, with regular pedestrian traffic.

Protesters were making their voices heard a block away north, on Pine Street, but were restricted by metal barriers.

Police in riot helmets hauled several protesters to their feet and handcuffed them one block from Wall Street.

"All day, all week, shut down Wall Street!" the crowd chanted.

After several arrests, most of the protesters retreated down the street. A line of riot police followed them.

"You do not have a parade permit! You are blocking the street!" a police officer told protesters through a bullhorn.

"This is a critical moment for the movement given what happened the other night," said Paul Knick, 44, a software engineer from Montclair, N.J. "It seems like there's a concerted effort to stop the movement and I'm here to make sure that doesn't happen."

Passer-by Gene Williams, a 57-year-old bond trader, joked that he was "one of the bad guys" but that he empathized with the demonstrators.

"They have a point in a lot of ways," he said. "The fact of the matter is, there is a schism between the rich and the poor and it's getting wider." The Associated Press contributed to this story.
This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.

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